Home Health and Hospice:Frequently Asked Questions

Home Health

How does someone qualify for home health services?
You may qualify for home health services if you have a skilled care need for nursing or therapy, if leaving your home is not recommended because of your condition, if you are unable to leave your home without help or if leaving your home takes a considerable and taxing effort. A physician’s order is also needed to receive home health services.

Does Medicare/private insurance cover home health services?
Yes. As long as you meet Medicare guidelines for home health services, Medicare covers the cost of care. Most private insurance companies also have a home health benefit. If you are unsure if your insurance will cover your care, we will be happy to work with you to determine if you are covered.

What services are covered under home health care?
Skilled nursing, medical social worker, home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and home telemonitoring.

Hospice

How does a patient qualify for hospice care?
A physician must certify that he/she believes that the patient is within six months of death.

Where do I get my hospice care?
Hospice care is provided in a patient’s home, a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living facility. Under special circumstances, care can be provided in an inpatient hospice unit at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.

Does Medicare/private insurance cover hospice care?
Hospice care is covered 100 percent by Medicare. Elmhurst Memorial Hospice does not charge any co-payments for hospice care. Most private insurance companies also have a hospice benefit. If you are unsure if your insurance will cover your care, we will be happy to work with you to determine if you are covered.

Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare Network

This site is part of the Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare network of Web sites, which covers a variety of topics using the same philosophy: When it comes to medical care, we know that you have a lot of options. And we want you to know that you're more than a patient to us. You're an individual. We would appreciate the opportunity to provide you with state-of-the-art medical care and down-to-earth, personalized attention.

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